Hola! Our next stop is at the Royal Mint of Spain – not to steal money from the vaults (I think that has become basic now) but to print our very own! This is an incredibly story about a brilliant plan to pull off the biggest heist ever by a mastermind called ‘The Professor’ with the help of eight recruits with varying qualities and nothing to lose.
To protect their identities, the eight recruits adopted names of cities namely: Berlin, Moscow, Oslo, Denver, Rio, Tokyo, Nairobi and Helsinki. They took the staff as well as some visitors present as hostages and engaged in a five-day operation to print a billion euros as well as keep order.
It was a perfect plan except that, with people, something is just bound to go wrong. The whole operation covers two seasons. Good news – it’s on Netflix!
1. Where would you rank it among your favorite shows?
I’d place it in my top 20.
2. From 1-10, how obsessed are you?
12! Once I started, I couldn’t just stop! The story flows in a thrilling yet comfortable pace which strings you along episode by episode. I literally had to stop myself at a point so I could catch a couple of hours’ sleep to be able to function at work in the morning.
3. How did you discover the show?
My dear brother gave it to me and he said it was one of the best shows he has ever watched. I knew better than to take it lightly. He was so right!
4. What was your initial thought of the show and did it change after watching it?
I love the way the story started – gathering the recruits and familiarizing myself with their personalities. It was different – no threats to harm the hostages, there was no rush at all. They just settled in and bought time as much as they could to print as many bills as they could.
5. Why do you like the show?
Because the characters are so likeable! It was funny yet full of suspense. It’s just amazing.
6. Who’s your favorite character?
Professor! Hands down, he’s a genius! He had every variable considered and how to counter it…except for him getting involved with the inspector put in charge to negotiate the release of the hostages. But in the end, it all worked out…kind of so it’s all good.
Berlin – He is the best leader one can have for a gang. He was always composed and he stuck to the plan no matter what. He knew which buttons to push to keep everyone in check.
Nairobi – that gal means business. She was in charge of printing the bills and she did well. When she believed Berlin was getting out of hand, she took him out and assumed control – for an episode and handed the reins back to him after he had gotten some rest. Sleep deprivation makes everyone cranky at a point, right?
Tokyo – she was hot-headed and she caused some damage but she was a tough one so yeah, I still love her.
Rio – helplessly in love with Tokyo, he was good with the techy stuff. He had a good heart.
Oslo & Helsinki – They were good at following rules. Not a headache to manage.
Moscow & Denver – Father and son who had a good sense of humor.
7. Least favorite character
Arturo! He was the manager of the facility and such a pain in the neck! Wherever he was placed, he found a way to instigate the hostages to escape. It made me less sympathetic to the fact that he was shot when he was mistaken to be one of the thieves.
8. Who is your crush on the show?
Professor. His mind was just something else.
9. If you were to be a character, who would you choose?
I’d have wished to say the Inspector but she was too gullible at some point for my liking. I’d go for Nairobi.
10. Favorite season
Both seasons 1 and 2 were amazing but I’ll choose season 1 because there were less hitches with the plan in it.
11. Do you follow the cast and show on Facebook and Twitter?
I follow the show on Facebook.
12. Which of the characters would you like to meet?
The entire squad!
13. If you could meet any of the actors, who would it be?
The actors who played Professor, Berlin and Nairobi.
14. What lesson(s) have you learnt from the show?
Team work is everything! To be an effective leader, you have got to be firm even if it makes you unpopular among the team. Everyone in a team is important; regardless of the magnitude of their contribution. It pays to keep a cool head in a crisis. There is always a way out of an obstacle. You just have to step back, breathe and think.
Watched La casa de papel? What did you like about the show? Kindly share your thoughts and thanks for reading.
© Josephine Amoako 2018